First Titanfall DLC announced with details on free features and modes to come

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During PAX East 2014, a panel of developers at Respawn Entertainment officially announced Expedition, the first Titanfall DLC map pack, along with details on the free features and game modes that players can expect to see in the future.


The Expedition downloadable content for Titanfall will release some time in May for $9.99 and will include three new multiplayer maps, namely ‘Runoff,’ ‘Swamplands’ and ‘Wargames.’ Each map promises to bring new ways to take advantage of Titanfall’s wall-running gameplay, with Swamplands in particular tasking players with choosing their own routes through a forest by running on and around trees to move forward.

Runoff, meanwhile, will include a series of pipes and the presence of water to contend with, while Wargames will be set in the training simulator environment seen in Titanfall’s tutorial levels. Here’s the story set up for Expedition:

“In the wake of the Battle of Demeter, IMC Expeditionary Forces travel deep into Frontier space to recover from their recent defeat. On an uncharted world, the IMC begin construction of a new fleet operations base, using newly acquired water collection and filtration plants to support the new base.

“When drainage operations reveal ancient ruins and artifacts of an unknown origin in a nearby swamp, Spyglass activates an archaeological team to investigate the site. To maintain battle readiness at the new base, IMC Pilots use simulation pods to train for anticipated Militia raids, based on lessons learned in Angel City and IMC Airbase Sierra.”

But That’s Not All

While Expedition will be paid-for DLC, the team at PAX also outlined a few features that players will be getting for free in the coming months following on from the recent title update that added Private Matches and a host of fixes.

One of the more interesting features coming to Titanfall in the future is ‘hashtag’ multiplayer functionality, where players of a common interest will be able to jump into the same multiplayer matches as one another simply by joining in on a hashtag. The details of the feature’s inner-workings weren’t revealed, but it sounds like an easy way for like-minded players to join up together instead of joining in on random games or trying to set up lobbies with their close friends, without the need for Xbox Gamertags or Origin IDs.

New titan-focussed Burn Cards are also on the way to add special versions of weapons and other titan-specific boosts, while additional multiplayer modes are also planned, including a two-versus-two ‘Last Titan Standing’ mode, while experiments with different game modes will surface in the form of ‘Rifts’ or ‘Variants,’ where Respawn will deliver an experimental game mode to players and test its popularity for two weeks before deciding if it should be put into official rotation.

A focus on eSports in the future is also being looked at with competitive rankings on the cards, while the ability to turn off the HUD during play for spectators to record videos is also in discussion. Lastly, Respawn will also be adding weekly and daily challenges to keep players engaged, with ways to customise your titan with decals in the future.

Have you been playing Titanfall? Will you be getting the upcoming Expedition map pack and do those upcoming free features interest you at all?

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